So I've always said that when I worked for Disney, I would push hard for a Rapunzel movie. I even did some concept drawings for it as early as 9th and 10th grade. Imagine my joy, then, when I heard they were working on a fairy tale formula film based on the story of Rapunzel (and my simultaneous regret that I couldn't have been a part of it). This film has been in talks for literally years, and some vague concept artwork has been released in the past:
... But now we're finally getting solid evidence that it's coming soon. Though the above concept artwork has been floating around the internet for several years, the most recent official offering is this:
It actually is kind of promising. I was a little nervous when I read how many changes were being made to the original story concept and of course the original fairy tale, not to mention the recent official change of name (from Rapunzel and/or Rapunzel: Unbraided to the more ambiguous Tangled in an attempt to appeal to a broader audience), NOT TO MENTION the change from traditional animation to 3D (admittedly, with a distinctly 2D look & feel, but still...) despite being produced by 2D animation legend Glen Keane, and then throw in the casting change of Kristin Chenoweth to Mandy Moore, and... Well, my worries dissolved a little when I saw the above artwork and remembered the music will be composed by Disney favorite Alan Menken. The trailer (below) isn't much to look at, and I mean that quite literally since it's about 30 seconds of voiceovers and zoom in on a single piece of artwork, but it's proof positive that we can look forward to seeing this movie in theaters by the end of the year.